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Business Ethics: Concepts & Cases: Chapter 1 Outline
Ethics and Business

Introduction

Velasquez's Thesis: Ethical behavior the best long term business strategy

1.1 The Nature of Business Ethics

Morality

Ethics

Business Ethics

Applying Ethics to Corporate Organizations

Globalization, Multinationals, and Business Ethics

Business Ethics and Cultural Differences

Technology and Business Ethics

1.2 Moral Development and Moral Reasoning

Moral Development (skip)

Moral Reasoning

Analyzing Moral Reasoning

  1. Logical validity
  2. Concerning the factual evidence
  3. Concerning the moral standards

1.3 Arguments for and Against Business Ethics

Three Arguments Against Bringing Ethics into Business (skim)

The Case For Ethics in Business

1.4 Moral Responsibility and Blame

Corporate Responsibility

Subordinates' Responsibility

Cases for Discussion

Slavery in the Chocolate Industry

  1. What are the systemic, corporate, and individual ethical issues raised by this case?
  2. Is child slavery absolutely wrong (no matter what) or only relatively so (depending on whether your culture disapproves of slavery)?
  3. Who shares the moral responsibility for the slavery occuring in the chocolate industry?

Enron (ABC News Video)

  1. What are the systemic, corporate, and individual ethical issues raised by this case?
  2. Who was morally responsible for the collapse of Enron?
  3. If Enron had not collapsed and Enron's accounting practices had adhered to the letter if not the spirit of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles would there have been anything wrong with what Enron did?


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